Times have been tough for a lot of people. There are always tough times for some, though. And you can always find someone who isn’t as lucky as you are, who doesn’t have what you have. Appreciating what we do have – whether it’s material stuff, a level of success in one or more areas in life, passions and interests, skills or talents, relationships with other people, or whatever health we might enjoy – is a gift. A gift we give ourselves that in turn we give others.
It turns out that appreciation is a key factor to happiness. People who appreciate what they have aren’t generating the negativity that comes from wanting more, more, more. The aren’t expending energy in fruitless struggle, complaint or envy. Instead, they notice what’s going right, the good things around them, large and small. By appreciating others, they love more. They make their own happiness.
That’s a pretty awesome thing to give yourself.
And happy people make other people happy. That’s the gift you give those around you. That, and your appreciation of them.
Generally, happy people are also more successful. They are less fearful, recognize opportunities, and take more chances. They are more social, confident and creative. They help others and feel healthier. And that success means there’s even more to appreciate! It’s a positive cycle that builds on itself over and over.
So even after the turkey (or tofurkey) and taters, yams and pie, invite a little more appreciation into your life every day. Pay attention to the little things. Keep a gratitude journal. Each morning list ten good things about the upcoming day.
Any other suggestions for how to develop ongoing thankfulness?
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!